Illinois DUI — Can I Drive Now?

“Can I drive now?”  During DUI consultations, this is a question I often get from potential clients.  The person’s driver’s license suspension will not start until the 46th day after the police issue the sworn report for the case (the sworn report date is usually the date of arrest).  This means that, as long as the person’s license is otherwise valid, he can continue to drive until the date his statutory summary suspension begins.

On a related note, a person should not rely on his math skills for the 46th day date.  The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will mail the person the exact date and time the person’s suspension will begin.  That is information the person can rely on.

Jeremy Richey

Jeremy J. Richey, Attorney at Law
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